For the Children is the newly published posthumous book of poetry by renowned Mi'kmaw poet Rita Joe (1932-2007). The publisher, Breton Books, collected previously published poems and more recent poems that were written when illness entered Rita Joe's life. Black ink woodcuts of animals drawn by Burland Murphy are included throughout the volume. Rita Joe was born in Wycocomagh, Cape Breton Island and attended Shubenacadie Indian Residential School. Her first book of poetry was published in 1978.
The Penobscot Dance of Resistance: Tradition in the History of a People is a carefully documented account of a Native American Nation that resisted United States assimilation and has succeeded in maintaining its cultural and historical integrity. The book is written by historian and folklorist Pauleena MacDougall who has studied the ways the Penobscot community has faced the challenges to their self-determination by successfully negotiating the Maine Indian Land Claims settlement.
North by Northeast: Wabanaki, Akwesasne Mohawk, and Tuscarora Traditional Arts is the catalogue that accompanies the travelling exhibition of the same name. The exhibition of traditional arts of the First Nations of Maine and New York states celebrates the fine craft works of contemporary Iroquois and Wabenaki artists. The book features the beadwork, basketry, woodcarving, birch bark canoe making, and quilting of over thirty-five women and men working in these media.
The Sharing Circle: Stories about First Nations Culture published by Nimbus Publishing is written by Mi’kmaw children’s book author Theresa Meuse-Dallien and illustrated by Mi’kmaw artist Arthur Stevens provides young readers a basic understanding of First Nations cultural teachings. Through the use of seven brief stories about a young First Nation boy and his family, the author introduces information about the Eagle Feather; Sweetgrass, Sage, Cedar, and Tobacco; Medicine Pouch; Dreamcatcher; The Talking Circle; The Medicine Wheel; and the Drum.
Wild Plants of Eastern Canada: Identifying, Harvesting and Using is an accessible guide to the uses of wild plants that grow in Eastern Canada. Drawing on the traditional knowledge of Mi'kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Celtic, Acadian, and Black Peoples, the author describes 60 plant species found in the region. The book includes contemporary recipes for these wild plants. The book also describes the ecological, medicinal, and cultural history of each plant. The book contains realistic drawings of the plants and includes safety tips for avoiding poisonous plants.
Six Micmac Stories copublished by Nimbus Publishing and the Nova Scotia Museum contains six traditional legends retold with precision by anthropologist Ruth Holmes Whitehead. The stories pay particular attention to the original intent and teachings that accompany each story. Whitehead has taken original sources such as Silas Rand and fragments of the similar story to portray as accurately as possible the Mi'kmaq stories passed down through the oral tradition.
Loon Rock, Pkwimu Wkuntem is a bilingual picture book written by children's author Maxine Trottier and translated into Mi'kmaq by Helen Sylliboy. The story explains the significance of a loon pictograph and the youth who fasted for his vision long ago. When children and adults pass this image on the flat rock, the parents explain the story of the loon image. English and Mi'kmaq appear on each page so readers can appreciate another language. This simple story fills a gap in the literature by providing a book about the Mi'kmaq of the east coast.
The Voyage of Wood Duck: Ta'n Teli Kaqasimiliala'sis Malsikws is a children's picture book written by Maxine Trottier that tells the bilingual story of a Mi'kmaq boy named Wood Duck and his dream. The boy always wondered about the sea and what might lay beyond. He respected the land and water. One day he decided to build a canoe and go on a voyage and find out if his dream would be fulfilled. Together with ten others from his village Wood Duck set off. They travelled over the waves. Finally one day they sighted land and strange people, who had fluffy, white animals.
A Little Boy Catches a Whale is a trilingual picture book that retells a Mi'kmaq legend. The French title is Un petit garçon pêche une baleine. The Mi'kmaq title is L'pa'tu'ji'j ne'pa'tl putupl. Allison Mitcham tells the English version of this story that is adapted from Silas Rand's original collection, Legends of the Micmacs, first issued in 1894. Helen Sylliboy provides the Mi'kmaq translation, and Judith Perron translated the English text into French.